Turkey Calls For Security Council Meeting To Discuss Attacks on Turkmen

ISTANBUL, Nov. 23 – Turkey has called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria, sources in the prime minister’s office said, days after Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador in protest over “intensive” bombing of villages. Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with the Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of

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Kerry To Meet Saudi, UAE Officials on Unifying Syrian Opposition

ABU DHABI, Nov 23 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was set to hold talks with senior Emirati and Saudi officials in Abu Dhabi on Monday to find ways to bring Syrian opposition groups together at a conference that will be hosted by Saudi Arabia next month. The hastily-arranged meetings in the UAE capital

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Iraq Grounds Northern Flights Over Missiles Launched at Syria

BAGHDAD, Nov 22 – Iraq said it was suspending flights between Baghdad and the northern cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya for two days starting on Monday due to military traffic from Russia’s air campaign in neighboring Syria. Iraq’s civil aviation authority said in a statement the decision was made “to protect travellers and because of

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Rescue Workers Pull Out 100 Bodies From Myanmar Landslide

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Nearly 100 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, local officials said on Sunday, and hopes are dwindling that any of an estimated 100 people missing will be found alive. The landslide happened when a mountain of

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Russia Says 11 Militants Who Smuggled Fighters Across Syria Killed

MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Russian security services have killed 11 Islamist militants who had been helping smuggle fighters across borders to Syria to join Daesh, the country’s anti-terrorism committee said. It said the militants were holed up in a fortified base in a wooded, mountainous area of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic in southern Russia, near

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Authorities Say No Explosives Found on Turkish Airlines Flight

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. The flight, originally bound for Istanbul from New York, has now safely departed,

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Two Palestinian Men, Teenage Girl Fall Victim to Israeli Forces’ Gunfire

By Maher Abu Khater Ramallah Nov 22 –Israelis killed on Sunday in three separate incidents, three Palestinians in the West Bank, one of them a 16-year-old schoolgirl. Soldiers opened fire and killed a 31-year-old Palestinian resident of Beit Fajjar, north of Hebron, after he stabbed and killed an Israeli woman near the Gush Etzion settlement

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Yemen’s Socotra Island Bans Use of ‘Qat’

ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 22 – Authorities on Yemen’s Socotra island burnt two tonnes of the mild narcotic drug qat on Saturday, a shipment seized from smugglers trying to defy last week’s ban by the archipelago’s governor, local officials said. Yemenis have chewed qat for centuries and although widespread, its use is seen as a social

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Egypt’s GB Auto Urges Support For Industry to Avert Future Crisis

By Lin Noueihed and Ehab Farouk CAIRO, Nov 22 – Egypt’s largest car assembler and distributor GB Auto says it is pushing ahead with its expansion plans despite a dollar shortage that disrupted production this year, and urged the government to support manufacturing to avert future crises. GB Auto was forced to halt production for

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Libyans Need to Fight Daesh, Not Each Other: French Minister

PARIS, Nov 22 – Libya’s main armed factions will be committing suicide unless they stop fighting each other and take on Daesh’s growing presence in the North African country, France’s defence minister said on Sunday. Daesh militants have tightened their grip on central Libya and carried out summary executions, beheadings and amputations, the United Nations

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